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How to Make the Perfect Slow-Cooked Burger

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There are a few secrets to making the perfect burger, starting with the meat - inexpensive beefs such as fresh-ground chuck or sirloin make for the juiciest, most flavorful burgers. When you buy that meat from your butcher, have them grind it for you. Or, for even better quality control, grind your own meat at home. Third, a variety of rich seasonings - based on personal preference - are a necessity. Once you've got these tips down, slow cook your burgers with one of these three tasty recipes in the Crock-Pot® 3.5-Quart Casserole Crock Slow Cooker.

The Classic Hamburger
Making the perfect hamburger in your slow cooker is easy and delicious. All you need are a few ingredients, hamburger buns and your favorite toppings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh-ground chuck or sirloin
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded, stemmed, and finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup water.

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, pepper, onion, bread crumbs, ranch dressing, soup mix, egg, Worcestershire sauce and water.
  2. Mix well with hands or a large fork.
  3. Divide mixture in half and shape into 6 burgers, 1-inch thick.
  4. Arrange burgers in the bottom of your slow cooker with enough space between.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, until burgers are firm and register an internal temperature of 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
  6. Serve on toasted buns with desired toppings.
There are a few tips for making the perfect burger in your slow cooker.There are a few tips for making the perfect burger in your slow cooker.

Turkey Burgers
As a healthier option, try turkey burgers served with fresh broccoli slaw.

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano.

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder and oregano.
  2. Mix well with hands or a large fork.
  3. Divide mixture in half and shape into 6 burgers, 1-inch thick.
  4. Arrange burgers in the bottom of your slow cooker with enough space between.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  6. Serve on toasted buns with desired toppings.
This 3.5-quart slow cooker is perfecting for your burger-making needs.This 3.5-quart slow cooker is perfecting for your burger-making needs.

Veggie Burgers
Vegetarians don't have to miss out on enjoying a good burger. With similar texture, quinoa is a delicious substitute for meat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • Wheat buns.

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine cooked quinoa, olive oil, egg, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Use hands to mix thoroughly until combined.
  3. Form patties with the mixture.
  4. Arrange patties evenly in the bottom of your slow cooker, with enough space between.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours, until patties are cooked through.
  6. Serve on wheat buns with arugula, onion and sliced tomato.
Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that calls for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.
 
 

 

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